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Limerick cement plant investigated over dust emissions

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Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a formal compliance investigation into Irish Cement’s plant in Limerick, after complaints of thick dust deposits on cars, roofs and windows, solar panels, and garden furniture from local residents.

“Samples of dust from cars belonging to a number of complainants have been analyses and compared to samples of materials from the Irish Cement facility,” the EPA said in a joint statement with Limerick City and County Council and Ireland’s Health Service Executive. “The results indicate that the dust deposits contained Irish Cement plant material.”

The compliance investigation will consider the management and control of dust at the Limerick plant. As part of this, Irish Cement is undertaking an inspection of the material and products handling infrastructure and processes over the site to identify any potential defects.

“Irish Cement are to conclude the review in a month and report back regularly to the EPA as it progresses,” the EPA said. “Any defects or failures are to be rectified immediately on discovery.”

The incident comes as Irish Cement plans begin burning alternative fuels at the Mungret plant in Limerick, a move that has seen significant local opposition. Planning permission was granted for the switch in March.

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